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03 February 2015
For Russell Petersen having to be in hospital for up to three weeks over Christmas was not the way he had planned his festive season.
However thankfully for him he was able to remain in Toowoomba for rehabilitation thanks to the recent opening of St Vincent’s Private Hospital’s new dedicated private rehabilitation service.
“They (the staff) have been fantastic and although I am in here over Christmas my wife doesn’t have to travel very far to come and visit me so I am lucky in that respect that I didn’t have to go to Brisbane for rehabilitation,” Mr Petersen said.
The hospital’s General Manager Carl Yuile said the opening of the dedicated private rehabilitation unit was a significant milestone for the hospital and the community.
“It will be the first private hospital in Toowoomba with a dedicated rehabilitation unit and supported by specialist rehabilitation physicians,” Mr Yuile said.
The Unit’s Clinical Nurse Consultant Leanne Heuston said the focus of the rehabilitation inpatient service was to help patients reach optimum health and quality of life by restoring independence before leaving the hospital.
“This is achieved through patient centred care from the treating team and involvement of family and significant others in the rehabilitation process,” Ms Heuston said.
“We have a fantastic team of dedicated nurses as well as support from rehabilitation specialists– Dr Saul Geffen and Dr Damien Daniel.”
Ms Heuston said the service includes a personally tailored rehabilitation program for each patient in consultation with their family and loved ones.
She said the service was run on a multidisciplinary team approach supported by Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and a number of other allied health staff.